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NASA's new space suit is great for taking space selfiesThe sleek, blue suit is lighter and more flexible, with touch screen friendly gloves, and a helmet attached like a hoodie.
Astronauts are getting new spacesuits. And among the many upgrades are gloves that work with touch screens. And you know what that means. Space selfies. NASA's new suits are also more comfortable to wear for keeping you alive in the vast emptiness of space. The new blue ensemble is layered and more flexible, weight in at 20 pounds That's ten pounds lighter than the old garb. The helmet and visor is attached, and part of the suit. There are also vents in the fabric to keep the astronaut cool, letting water vapor from sweat leave the suit but keep air inside so it can be pressurized. The smart screen friendly suits are designed for those heading into orbit aboard the Boeing Starliner spacecraft. And astronauts have been testing how it is to move around the suits by sitting inside a mock-up Starliner. The plan is for the craft to take four astronauts to the space station on a regular basis, with test flights scheduled to begin next year. It's all part of NASA's commercial crew development program. It's an effort to broaden space travel beyond government-led missions. So when space tourism becomes a thing, maybe we'll all be wearing these outfits on our space vacations. I'm Bridgett Carey. You can always stay updated on the biggest tech news from our galaxy at CNET.com.